Cusano 59′ Rare Cameroon

Cusano 59' Rare Cameroon

Cusano cigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro Gordo
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : African Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Named in honor of co-founder Joe Chiusano's birth year, the 59' Rare Cameroon utilizes a special African Cameroon wrapper not only wrapped around the cigar but also stuffed into the the blend of filler tobaccos. Prominently displayed upon entrance to my local shop, I'd been eyeing this 54 ringed beauty for the longest time and for the price, I can't for the life of me figure out why up until today I hadn't tried one. Something about this stick just screamed mediocrity and a flashy band with no flavor to back it up, galvanized by the fact that one of my smoking buddies had one a few months back and spent the next 6 hours with his head in the toilet... Would I be pleasantly surprised or would my intuitions be unfortunately confirmed?

Flavor : ★★★★½
The story of the first third of this cigar is that of competing sweetness': abundant sweet spice with sweet cedar and a distinct sugar-sweetness on the finish, along with fruity notes and a hint of vanilla. As it progresses, the flavor gets meatier and more leathery. At the end of the second third the flavor profile becomes wine-like with a predominate cherry flavor and a finish reminiscent of a nice smooth petit syrah. The cherry flavor remains in the final third, with the spice kicking back in until about the 2 inch mark where bitterness rears its ugly head and the finish turns noticeably chemical.

Cusano 59' Rare Cameroon

Burn/Ash : ★★★★☆
The burn never stays straight for too long and is slightly wavy throughout. The burn never got out of hand and I didn't have to do any re-lights or touch ups but it was definitely something I had to keep my eye on. The ash was reasonably firm and held strong. I think throughout the course of this 6 inch cigar, 2 ashes fell and the 3rd was holding strong when the flavor got bitter and I finally set it down after about an hour and 15 minutes.

Draw/Construction : ★★★★☆
Though the draw remains perfect throughout, the cigar's construction is mushy and I believe the burn issues can be attributed to all of the soft spots that I noticed on the pre-light inspection.

Value : ★★★★☆
Some of you may think I'm being too hard on manufacturers and shop-owners but the way I see it, if a cigar is worth exactly what it costs that's expected, that's 2.5 stars. You've got to leave room at the top of the scale for those exceptional deals, the Ambos Mundos, the Padron Maduros, the RP Edges... and if a cigar costs 20 bucks and is worth 8, then someone in the industry (be it manufacturers, retailer, what have you) is stealing from you and a sub-2.5 value score is warranted. This particular cigar is a VERY nice everyday kind of cigar. You can get them for a little under 6 bucks and I'd say they're worth 8 and change.

Overall Rating : ★★★★☆
Decent burn, perfect draw, firm ash, good complex flavor profile. Nothing to be ashamed of, Cusano, you gave it the old college try and you got a B-. For 6 bucks and a 75 minute smoke time, I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a 5-pack in the future...I mean, hey, at least I didn't puke.

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5 Comments on “Cusano 59′ Rare Cameroon”

  1. Great review Ernie!!! I agree, the Cusano is a great go to cigar for the price. I did not experience the burn issues or chemical flavors you did and I hope I never do.

  2. Very nice. I like the review. In fact I’m thinking to get a sampler of those cigars since I haven’t tried one.

  3. I must have gotten a bum one … I found it uninteresting — none of the flavor profiles you experienced. Too bad — I was looking forward to it. I’ll try another. Thanks for the review.

  4. It’s a sin the way most cigar manufacturers rush their wares to market. I try to patronize manufacturers that put “box dates” on the bottom of the boxes. Cigars really need six to eight months from the box date to be enjoyable- One year, you pretty much eliminate all the weirdness from them. They burn better, taste better, all the harshness is gone, and they won’t have you praying to the porcelain gods.

  5. My Review of the Cusano 59 Rare Cameroon Preferido

    After I had enjoyed the new Sun Grown so much, I was really excited about the Rare Cameroon as the Cameroon leaf is my favorite wrapper.

    The cigar looks good enough; it has a nice dull sheen but very little tooth for a Cameroon leaf. There are a few water spots on the wrapper and it is very firm to the touch, but other than that it looks nicely rolled.

    Cusano 59 Rare Cameroon Preferido

    There is a little acidity to the smoke, almost like a citrus quality; there is also the typical sweet wood flavor from a Cameroon wrapped cigar present early on.

    A subtle spice builds, just a touch of pepper but an underlying metallic quality as well.

    The burn on this cigar is more even than the new Sun Grown, but already I can tell you I prefer the Sun grown to the Rare Cameroon. The Rare Cameroon is not as smooth as the Sun Grown even though the Sun Grown was a stronger cigar.

    About halfway through the cigar began to get harsh and the harshness kept building as I smoked. This was not as enjoyable as I thought it would be. This cigar just does not seem ready yet. I think it needed more time.

    Rating: 81 (B-)

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